The Ridge Pike Improvement Project is an effort to rebuild and improve a major road owned by Montgomery County and used by tens of thousands of drivers every day. It consists of four individual smaller projects along Ridge Pike between Norristown and Philadelphia, each of which will help achieve the goals of the county’s comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, to repair our infrastructure, enhance access to businesses, make it safe for walkers and bicyclists, and keep our older communities economically competitive.
About Ridge Pike
Ridge Pike, which is owned by Montgomery County from Philadelphia to Norristown, provides access to I-476 (the Blue Route) as well as numerous commercial centers. The 5 miles between Norristown and Philadelphia carry between 20,000 and 30,000 cars daily. The original “turnpike” dates to colonial days when Ridge Pike connected Philadelphia to the agricultural hinterlands. Many of the structures remaining along Ridge Pike today have been part of the landscape for a very long time. The modern roadway dates from the 1930s. Through the years, Ridge Pike has been widened, reconstructed in concrete around the 1970s, and repaved numerous times.
The full Ridge Pike project area is nearly 5 miles long and will require some very complex engineering in areas near the PA Turnpike, the Norfolk Southern rail lines, and the Sunoco pipeline. In order to complete the overall project as quickly as possible, the project has been divided into several manageable segments for engineering and construction. Design is progressing for several segments at this time. More specific information about the individual segments will be provided soon.